This unusual shape box has been painted by a well-known Palekh artist-Alexey Zhiryakov. The box is consist of three large compartments that opens from the top and one drawer on the front side.
The box featured several scenes from the tale of a Hump Backed Little Pony.
Each scene depicted here shows a recognizible moment of story. on the left lid we can see Ivan with a hump-backed pony. In the beginning of the story Ivan caught the magic mare that trampled down wheat on his father's field. This mare promised Ivan to present three foals in exchange for freedom. Later two of these foals turned into the steeds with golden manes depicted here, and the third one turned into the Humpbacked Little Pony.Then Ivan has brought two steed to show to the Tsar.
On the left lid , we can see the tent with dinner and a jar of wine inside that Ivan has erected to lure and capture the Tsar-Maiden who is boating nearby.
The central lid shows the end of the story, when Ivan have to jump in there barrels/jars and became handsome fellow, but later when the Tsar jumped in the boiled water, he just bolied in it...
The sides of the box are decorated with the golden feathers of a firebird that becomes the reason of his first errand: he'll be obliged to catch the firebird for the old, greedy tsar.
The entire surface of the box is filled with wondrous details. Gold paint is used to aid in the adding of the detail. The use of gold helps to enhance the already bold palette and bring out their true highlights!
Gold of different shades is also used to decorate the exterior of the box. The artiost's precision and ability to paint minute decoration is illustrated in the filigree that frames the scene and the filigree that wraps around the sides of the box!
The box is constructed out of paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior and red lacquer is used to paint the interior of the box. The box's lids are hinged and the box is rests on four legs. The artists wrote the title, Palekh, 2016, and his name on the middle lid above the composition.